Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness had been repeatedly described as the first foray into horror since Sam Raimi was replaced in the directors chair. This was a horrific fate when the latter apparently departed because he wanted to pursue the project in a darker and scarier direction than Marvel was willing to allow.
The cast, crew, and other notable creative actors kept speculating about Raimis'' blood-soaked background, shocking moments that the MCU had never experienced before, and a generally gnarlier feel. At the end of the day, the PG-13 superhero blockbuster was still geared toward an all-ages audience.
After user isommers1 questioned why everyone continues referring to the Doctor Strange sequel as an outright exercice in horror, when it is anything but.
The Kevin Feiges franchise has always sought to categorize its many standalone installments, with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness being about as much of a horror as Captain America: The Winter Solider is a political thriller, but neither project has the capability to sit comfortably with its designated wheelhouse.
Maybe one day well see the MCU take a full-blown dive into the realm of blood, guts, gore, and entrails, but it cannot be denied that the Master of the Mystic Arts second solo adventure does a decent job filling the vide until that day does or doesnt arrive.